Collected Stories of William Faulkner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What animal does Doom kill using a salt he has brought back from the white man's land?

2. How old is Emily Grierson when she dies?

3. How old is Pete's younger brother when he decides he wants to join the Army?

4. How does the Indian chief communicate with the president in the story "Lo"?

5. In the story "Red Leaves," how many Indians are searching for the chief's slave?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does McLendon treat women in the story "Dry September"?

2. What series of events takes place when Minnie realizes that there are mules in her yard in the story of the same name?

3. What happens to Lucius Provine when he travels to the Indian reservation?

4. Why are the two Indians in "Red Leaves" searching for their chief's slave?

5. What competition do Ikkemotubbe and David Hogganbeck find themselves in in the story "A Courtship"?

6. Why are the investigator and the marshal at the home of two young boys in the story "The Tall Men"?

7. What do the townsfolk find behind the locked door in Emily Grierson's home after she dies?

8. What rumor spreads through town about Minnie Cooper, and how do the townsfolk react in the story "Dry September"?

9. Why do the Indians come to the president's office seeking advice in the story "Lo"?

10. Why is Abner Snope ordered to pay de Spain bushels of corn, and what is Abner's reaction to this order?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story of Doom becoming Indian chief of his tribe is one full of adultery, murder, dishonesty and racism. Give at least one examples of each of these elements within the story "A Justice." Then explain why you think Faulkner chose to give this story its particular title.

Essay Topic 2

"Elly" is a classic story about the struggle between old and young. First, describe the way the elderly are depicted in this story and compare/contrast that to the way youth is depicted in this story. Then explain what caused the rift between Elly and her grandmother. Finally, describe the consequences of Elly's youthful antics on the lives of her loved ones.

Essay Topic 3

What do you think is more important to Sarty in the story "Barn Burning," love or truth? Give at least two examples of each of these themes as depicted in Sarty's relationship with his father. Then describe Sarty's struggle to balance love and truth, and how this struggle led to his maturity.

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